The A to Z of Diversity Equity & Inclusion (DE&I)


A glossary to support your work


Let’s start with DE&I itself. It stands for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion – three terms that you might see used interchangeably but in truth have separate meanings.


Diversity describes our individual characteristics and how they differ. Collection of similarities and differences that we each have based on innate individual characteristics, lived experiences, and learned customs, traditions, and other cultural influences.


Equity is the active effort to eliminate barriers so that people are treated based on their unique needs, circumstances and with consideration of historical and systemic inequities. It ensures that everyone has access to the same opportunities and requires consistent enhancement and re-evaluation of policies, practices, attitudes, and cultural messages to create and reinforce fair outcomes.


Inclusion is intentional and continuous efforts to create an accessible environment where people feel they belong and are enabled to be the best version of themselves, because their uniqueness is valued, talent recognized, and voices heard.


All three of these deserve attention on their own merit. Just because you achieve one does not automatically achieve the other: you can have a diverse team but not an inclusive one (where different types of people are represented but not truly listened to). To truly move from a diverse culture to an inclusive culture, equity is essential.
On this page we have listed some definitions of further terms. Let us know if there are others you would like to see added. 


You want to learn more about DE&I at Bayer? The lecture of the respective Bayernet page gives you further insights. The page is only reachable for internals with access to the Bayernet.